Police said in a statement that the operation, which involved some 500 police officers, dismantled the top tiers of Palermo syndicates. News reports said that seven people remained at large and were being sought by the police.
Piero Grasso, national anti-Mafia prosecutor, said that wiretapped conversations among top mobsters gave a very clear picture of the Sicilian Mafia, the AP reports.
Some of the suspects had been in touch with Provenzano through his "pizzini," or notes about the administration of Cosa Nostra affairs delivered by Provenzano's lieutenants, investigators said.
After it turned out that Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov included the Fonbet betting company in the list of backbone enterprises that can count on state support, everyone started talking about these bookmakers.